Perceptive observations by Thom Hogan on the EP-2 and Olympus:
So sad when one compares the genius of Mr Maitani with the mediocrity of the current Olympus designers. Or perhaps I'm being unfair and it's the classic case of marketing dictating to engineering what gets built. In any case, the end result is the same: the growth of m4/3rds is being unnecessarily constrained because Panasonic doesn't have to face a strong competitor.
Are you suggesting that it [the EP-2] won't be well received, or...?
I'm suggesting that Olympus missed the boat. They did one thing--fix an implied weakness against a competitor--but nothing that would really extend
the excitement of a pocketable large sensor camera. Indeed, their lens announcements go the other way (more system zooms). I'll go back to what I wrote when the E-P1 was announced: I don't think Olympus has correctly identified the actual purchaser of an E-P1. They were expecting some young person looking for a blog filler (stills, movies, etc.). They got me ;~).
In fact, this really goes back to the original 4/3 announcements: what Olympus promised and who they thought would be interested turned out to be not what they delivered and not who ended up buying those models, I think. There's a critical disconnect between customer and designer going on.
Any thoughts on the lenses? They seem to be going directly up against Panasonic (100% duplication rate!).
Well, so is the addition of an EVF. Guess what? Olympus is afraid of Panasonic. They think that the way to beat Panasonic is to make sure they have the same stuff. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. That's the way you ultimately give validation to and lose to the big boy.